Monday, July 22, 2013

ERC Starting Grant Winners

ERC awards the most important grants to researchers in Europe. For young researchers (2-7 years after PhD), the ERC has Starting Grants. The goal for these starting grants is for these young researchers to start their own group and line of research. This year results have been published (here) and of course, I checked which of these grants are related to medical imaging. There were 3329 applications and 287 researchers were successful. The ERC grants are divided in three big areas: 1) Physical Sciences and Engineering, 2) Life Sciences, 3) Social Sciences and Humanities. Medical imaging fits in Life Sciences and more concretely in LS7 - Diagnostic tools. There were 8 starting grants related to Medical Imaging:

Daniela Thorwarth, Erlangen University, Germany - Biologically individualized, model-based  radiotherapy on the basis of multi-parametric molecular tumour profiling.

Julien Valette, CEA, France - Exploring brain intracellular space using diffusion-weighted NMR spectroscopy in vivo

Galia Blum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel - Protease Activated X-Ray Contrast Agents for 
Molecular Imaging of Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaques and Cancer Development using Spectral CT.

Rachel Katz-Brull, Hadassah Medical Organization, Israel - Citicoline and deoxyglucose as new molecular imaging probes of DNP hyperpolarized MRI for cancer and neuroimaging

Niv Papo, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel - Developing Multispecific Biological Agents that
Target Tumor Neovasculature for Cancer Imaging and Therapy

Francesco Ricci, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy - Nature-inspired theranostic nanodevices for tumor imaging, early diagnosis and targeted drug-release

Mangala Srinivas, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Clinical ultrasound platform for the quantitative and longitudinal imaging of theranostics and cellular therapy

Jaco Zwanenburg, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands - Towards understanding cerebral small vessel disease: Innovative, MRI-based, functional markers to discover the terra incognita between large vessels and macroscopic brain lesions

Congratulations to all the winners! But I still have a favorite grant and therefore, one of the papers related to that grant can be read here:

Daniela Thorwarth, Susanne-Martina Eschmann, Frank Paulsen, Markus Alber. (2006). Hypoxia Dose Painting by Numbers: A Planning Study International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2006.11.061

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